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Liberty Hall to host 5th annual Garvey lecture

Published:Saturday | August 16, 2014 | 12:00 AM
Professor Robert Hill

Tomorrow marks the 127th birthday of Marcus Mosiah Garvey, world renowned Pan-African leader and Jamaica's first national hero. This year is also the 100th anniversary of the Universal Negro Improvement Association and African Communities League (UNIA-ACL), which was registered by Marcus Garvey on July 20 and launched on August 1, 1914.

In commemoration of the day, Liberty Hall: The Legacy of Marcus Garvey will host the fifth annual Marcus Mosiah Garvey Lecture tomorrow from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the newly refurbished Garvey Great Hall, 76 King Street, downtown Kingston.

Professor Robert Hill will present the lecture on 'Marcus Garvey and the Fallen Angel'. Hill is a renowned Garvey scholar, professor of history at the University of California in Los Angeles and editor-in-chief of the Marcus Garvey and UNIA Papers Project.

Marcus Garvey: The Centennial Travelling Exhibition will also be on show at the event. The exhibition was assembled in 1987 to mark the 100th anniversary of Garvey's birth in St Ann in 1887. It was done by the Schomburg Centre, in collaboration with the Marcus Garvey and UNIA Papers Project at the University of California.

Professor Hill collected more than 30,000 Garvey memorabilia to construct the exhibition, which includes artefacts, letters written by Garvey, photographs, his birth certificate and draft card, government documents and a stock certificate from the steamship line he founded to link the United States, the Caribbean and Africa for commerce.

Liberty Hall is the former headquarters of the Kingston division of the UNIA-ACL and is dedicated to its primary mission, which is "to inform the public about the work of Jamaica's first National Hero, and to use his philosophy and opinions to inspire, excite and positively affect the self-identity of Jamaican people, while creating social and economic wealth."